Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Cross, and the Crown

This past weekend, as we are working our way through the Gospel of Mark, our pastor, John Tischer, preached through Mark 9:2-13. This passage is Mark’s record of the Transfiguration, in which Jesus takes Peter, James, and John on top of a mountain to witness a miraculous event. Jesus is transformed before their eyes, andContinue reading “Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Cross, and the Crown”

Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio

News broke this week that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away. Social media was aflame (as always), and divided (as always) over the legacy of this man. For those on the right, Limbaugh was a lion of a man, a genius, a pioneer for what it means to fight for conservative political ideals inContinue reading “Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio”

Calling All Men

Every once in a while, I see the old church leadership debate about men and women flare up on Twitter or other social media platforms. As with so many social, cultural, and church issues, there are passionate proponents on each side. You have those who say that church leadership roles, most especially the roles ofContinue reading “Calling All Men”

The Fruit of Discernment

I am not sure if you pay attention to Christian Twitter at all, but if you do, then like me you have noticed an increasing amount of discussion about Christian Nationalism. Christian Nationalism, as best I can tell, is the elevation of national interests to God’s interests. In other words, when America wins, God wins.Continue reading “The Fruit of Discernment”

Christian Kindness

But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, andContinue reading “Christian Kindness”

How to Survive 2020 and The Years to Come

I know, I know, December is a little late for a post on how to survive 2020. After all, we are almost at the finish line! Soon we will be able to chalk this whole year up to hindsight. Get it? However, at much as we wish it were true, there is nothing magical aboutContinue reading “How to Survive 2020 and The Years to Come”

Resolutions for the Church in 2021

Well, you knew it was going to happen eventually. Pretty soon we will all be inundated with 2020 year end reviews. Oh won’t those be fun. Then we will all start planning what we will be doing in 2021 as though the hardship of 2020 will end at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.Continue reading “Resolutions for the Church in 2021”

Decisions, Decisions

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord!This shall never happen to you.” ButContinue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

Can You Drink His Cup?

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you mustContinue reading “Can You Drink His Cup?”

All Men Are Like Grass

A voice says, “Cry!”    And I said, “What shall I cry?”All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;    surely the people are grass.The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 English Standard Version (EmphasisContinue reading “All Men Are Like Grass”